The European Commission adopted a Contingency Plan for Transport to strengthen the resilience of EU transport in times of crisis. The plan draws lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as takes into account the challenges the EU transport sector has been facing since the beginning of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. Both crises have severely affected the transport of goods and people, but the resilience of this sector and the improved coordination between member states were key to the EU’s response to these challenges.

The plan proposes a toolbox of 10 actions to guide the EU and its Member States when introducing such emergency crisis-response measures. Among other actions, it highlights the importance of ensuring minimum connectivity and passenger protection, building resilience to cyberattacks, and resilience testing.

The 10 areas of action are:

  1. Making EU transport laws fit for crisis situations
  2. Ensuring adequate support for the transport sector
  3. Ensuring free movement of goods, services and people
  4. Managing refugee flows and repatriating stranded passengers and transport workers
  5. Ensuring minimum connectivity and passenger protection
  6. Sharing transport information
  7. Strengthening transport policy coordination
  8. Strengthening cybersecurity
  9. Testing transport contingency
  10. Cooperation with international partners

One key lesson from the pandemic is the importance of coordinating crisis response measures – to avoid, for example, situations where lorries, their drivers and essential goods are stuck at borders,…